Close encounters in the liminal zone: experiments in imaginal communication part I.

  • Holly K Reed
  • Published 1996 in The Journal of analytical psychology

Abstract

The phenomenology of the experience of being in psychic contact with another person was explored in a series of observations using a novel dyadic interaction in imaginal space. Research participants working in pairs with eyes closed received instructions to imagine being in mental contact with one another for three minutes while they observed their internal experiences. Their reports indicated that the imagined contact was experienced as real, as intimate, and aroused the ambivalences usually associated with intimacy as well as phenomena suggestive of projective identification effects. This first part demonstrated that the liminal zone, or the transitional space between individuals, can be experimentally observed through the imagination. Part II of this report will present evidence that the experienced psychic contact was more than 'just imagination', and involved transpersonal interactions, including suggestions of synchronicity and telepathy.

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@article{Reed1996CloseEI, title={Close encounters in the liminal zone: experiments in imaginal communication part I.}, author={Holly K Reed}, journal={The Journal of analytical psychology}, year={1996}, volume={41 1}, pages={81-116} }